A new era in Cr(VI)-free pretreatment of plastics
Full Cr6-free process
Meets current regulations
Fulfills industry requirements
Appearance, adhesion, thermocycle tests
Suitable for a large variety of plastics
ABS, ABS/PC, PP and others
- Process implementation, quality and performance comparable to current Cr(VI) etching
- Applicable for ABS and ABS/PC resins, as well as selective plating (2K/3K) and other materials
- Compatible with immersion copper and nickel strike
- Recycling equipment available to maintain the process at optimum conditions
- Appearance, adhesion and thermocycle validated for multiple industries, including automotive (passed for all majors OEMs), sanitary, etc.
- Controllable with simple analytical methods
- Highly suitable for a wide range of application including automotive, sanitary, white goods, furniture, consumer goods and cosmetics finishes
- Versatile process family, which can be used for ABS, ABS/PC, PP, selective plating, exotic plastics, etc.
Flexible pretreatment process for plastic metallization
Covertron® 600 is Atotech’s latest development in its range of Cr(VI)-free plastic pretreatment process. The reliable process is able to deliver similar performance and quality as the current Cr(VI) benchmark. Compatible with immersion copper as well as nickel strike, it allows for a simple integration into the existing and new plating lines.
Covertron® 600 finally eliminates hexavalent chromium from decorative plating lines allowing plating on plastics to fulfill REACH regulations. The Cr(VI)-free and non-PFAS pretreatment for a large variety of polymers, including most of the currently used plateable resins, but also for more specific applications such as selective plating, completes Atotech’s sustainable range of Cr(VI)-free processes for plating on plastics.
What inspires us
Why we developed Covertron® 600
Chromium trioxide, a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) according to REACH, requires authorization for use of in Europe since September 21, 2017. With an interest extending far beyond Europe to eliminate hazardous chemicals, customers are looking for alternatives to hexavalent chromium containing processes which meet the current technical requirements of the industry for the pretreatment of plastics.
Having been involved in plating on plastics since the very beginning, Atotech has long been committed to developing alternatives to chromosulfuric acid etching for the pretreatment of plastics and the task has not been easy. With Covertron® 600, our latest generation of Cr(VI)-free etching, Atotech is able to offer a robust process able to match the technical performance of the current chromosulfuric etching.